Description: These dogs have always had a cheery disposition but take their work seriously. Keep in mind they were bred to retrieve 200-300 ducks and or geese a day, mostly swimming through icy water. Thus, itís probably best to use these dogs for their intended purpose. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers face the winter harshness with courage and an eagerness to perform his retrieving duties.
These dogs are bold, very self-confident, strong and active, so he needs plenty of exercise every day. He especially likes to run and swim, so retrieving games are ideal throughout the summer and fall.
The Chesapeake Bay retriever should show a bright and happy disposition with an intelligent expression. These dogs are demanding of themselves.
They have an independent streak borne of their breeding, so beware of efforts to dominate. He must be socialized with children gingerly. They are slow to mature.
Height: 21 - 26 inches
Weight: 55 - 75 lbs.
Colors: Dead grass, sedge, or any shade of brown.
Coat: Thick and reasonably with a harsh, oily, outer coat and a dense, fine, wooly undercoat.
Temperament: Responsive, industrious
With Children: Yes, get along extremely well with children.
With Pets: Yes, dominates, but accepts
Special Skills: Field sports dog and family pet.
Watch-dog: Very High
Care: Brush with a firm bristle brush. Bathe only when necessary as his coat has a natural waterproofing oil to it. He will need a great deal of vigorous activity including swimming to maintain peak physical condition.
Training: They are a strong dog who is territorial and are not recommended for the inexperienced new dog owner. He will need firm training and good management. A consistent, but kind approach is the most successful.
Learning Rate: Low, Obedience - Medium, Problem Solving - Medium
Activity: Indoors - Low, Outdoors - Very High
Living Environment: Generally considered a country dog rather than a city dog, but will adapt to urban living if giving plenty of exercise and space. An owner of a Chesapeake Bay Retriever should be a strong, consistent leader who wants a good watchdog that will be affectionate and athletic.
Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, hereditary eye diseases.
Life Span: 10 - 12 Years
Litter Size: 7 - 8
Country of Origin: USA
History: An American breed who was created from English stock. It is said he descended from two shipwrecked Newfoundland dogs who were then bred to include spaniels, Indian dogs, pointers, setters and Irish Water Spaniels to produce a tireless hunter and guard dog. His name comes from the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, USA.
First Registered by the AKC: 1878
AKC Group: Sporting Group